Wesley Spires and his date, Ashley Solesbee, were at the Augusta Riverwalk on May 3rd, when Richmond County Sheriff's Office investigators say 2 men beat them with an aluminum baseball bat, or pipe, during a robbery. That incident sparked increased patrols and other proposed improvements dealing with lighting and visibility.
Spires spent weeks in a coma and continues to recover after the brutal beating.
Wednesday, he was back at the scene of the crime.
Spires was joined by Solesbee as he spent time at the Riverwalk. He says the road to recovery has been long, but he's a fighter.
Spires looked around the Riverwalk area where he was brutally attacked, and he says he still cannot remember much from the attack, or why it happened...and surprisingly, he says it's not strange to be back to the place where he almost lost his life.
"I feel like they got what they wanted to, from me, and hopefully they won't come back," Spires said.
After being in coma for almost a month, three surgeries, and hours of therapy...Spires says one of his biggest struggles has been communicating. "Learn how to talk...I think I had how to take a shower, brush my teeth down pat, but talking was the only thing I really had to re-learn," he said.
And, now that he's able to talk again, Spires just wants to get back to normal life. "Wish I could go back to work, but I can't right now," he said.
During his recovery, there is one thing Spires says has remained constant...his faith. "I feel blessed to be surrounded so many people that care about ya," he said.
His girlfriend, Ashley Solesbee, was also there the night of the attack and is still by his side. "God is standing behind us," she said.
The community has had an outpouring of love and help for Spires these past six months, and even though he is almost healthy again, he doesn't want the prayers to end. "Not to let them stop with me, keep praying for everyone that's in the hospital still," he said.
Spires says, if he is cleared by the doctor, he will be able to head back to work on December 5th.
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